Western’s Mystics Dance team held a mini-dance clinic for children ages Pre-K through 8th grade.
The Mystics Dance Team is a high-energy team that specializes in jazz, hip-hop and pom. The Mystics perform during all home football and basketball games and they march with the MWSU Golden Griffon Marching Band. Being a part of and watching the team is one of the oldest traditions at MWSU.
The clinic kicked off at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Looney gym. The fee was $30, which included a participants t-shirt, clinic registration and the performance. The Mystics have held clinics in the past and they have mainly focused on twirling and other types of dances. However, this year they wanted to focus on getting kids in the gym and centering it around the local dance kids.
Kristy Weiberg, The Mystics Advisor, was excited to be able to give these young kids an opportunity to perform on a college court and also learn about the dance team at MWSU.
“The main goal was giving children the opportunity to perform at halftime on our court and getting them associated with Missouri Western,” Weiberg said.
Weiberg feels like this was one of the biggest groups that they have had in a while, with 32 kids participating in this years’ clinic. The kids were split into three groups based on their grade level. It was pre-K through 1st grade, 2nd through 3rd and 5th through 8th.
The clinic did not only focus on dancing. It was also used as a way for some to meet new people. Jasmine Mooney, 8th grader at Bode Middle School, enjoyed the clinic beyond the dancing.
“I have learned communication skills and how to communicate with people and now I get comfortable with meeting new people,” said Mooney.
Weiberg was excited about hosting the clinic while the team members were thrilled about teaching dance at the clinic.
Paige Crockett, sophomore at Western was extremely happy to be working with the 5th-8th graders and helping them prepare their dance for half-time.
“Seeing what everyone can do, meeting and interacting with the kids because you don’t always get an opportunity to actually teach other kids especially when you are always busy teaching other kids around the same age, it’s just a lot more fun,” Crockett said.
The participants learned the dance from 9:45 a.m.to noon. They ended the day and clinic with a performance between the MWSU Women’s and Men’s basketball game at 3:30 p.m.
Since the basketball games were focused on Military appreciation, the dance was centered around a USA-themed routine. It was mostly jazz, which is one of the dances the Mystics specialize in. The older girls were able to do more hip hop while the younger girls had more pom in their routine.
Weiberg wanted to give all the girls an opportunity to showcase different dance styles in front of the crowd.
“We tried to mix a few genres, depending on level, and just to give them all a little taste of what we do,” Weiberg said.
Although Mooney was excited and nervous about performing at half-time, she was already looking forward to coming back for the next one.
“I am mostly excited about performing the dance at half-time and I look forward to coming back if they hold another one because it is really fun and I’ve learned a lot so far,” Mooney said.
The Mystics dance team is always providing events and holding tryouts to be apart of their team. For more information on the next event or to learn more about the Mystics dance team, visit their website on Western’s home page.